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Maybe it’s because of the wonderful Texas weather that makes us want to enjoy the outdoors, but whatever the reason, the fact is that Texas ranks high for the number of pedestrian accidents that occur every year in the U.S.

You can’t always count on drivers to look out for pedestrians on Texas roadways; here are some tips that can help you avoid being a Texas pedestrian accident statistic:

Be visible. Wear bright clothing while walking and reflective clothing if you are walking at night. Stay off the roads and on sidewalks or grassy areas adjacent to the roadway to avoid being a target.

Use pedestrian-friendly areas. If you are walking for exercise, use walking trails and tracks instead of roads.

Stay alert. Don’t talk on your cell phone or listen to music while walking; being distracted while you are walking severely curtails your ability to react to a potential accident. You are also more likely not to notice obstacles in your path, which could injure you as well.

Use crosswalks. Drivers expect pedestrians to either be in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk; if you cross outside a crosswalk, drivers may not be looking out for you.

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What to Do if You’re the Victim of a Pedestrian AccidentObviously, when a human being is struck by over a ton of steel, the results are usually catastrophic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that cars injure over 100,000 pedestrians every year; another 5,000 pedestrians are killed annually by motor vehicles, and more than 10 percent of those (550) are in Texas.

While most pedestrian accidents happen because a driver was speeding, drunk, distracted or failed to observe traffic signals or crosswalks, pedestrians are sometimes at fault. The most common errors that pedestrians made include:

  • Suddenly running out onto a busy road
  • Not crossing at designated crossing areas
  • Crossing too late, under the “don’t walk” sign

In the event you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you should:

  • Notify police
  • Gather contact information from everyone involved, including any witnesses
  • Get medical help, even if you think you don’t need it – you may be in shock
  • Write down everything you remember about the incident
  • Keep track of all your expenses related to the accident
  • Consult with a Texas personal injury attorney

To learn more about pedestrian safety, read Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety.

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